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Mount Daik

Publish 27-11-2008 14:26:21 by Admin
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A. Brief Information

Once you take a visit to Riau Islands Province, feel free to spend a few minutes visiting Lingga District. Here, you can catch sight of numerous historical sites, especially those dealing with the early history of Malay kingdoms and cultural civilization. Likewise, this is the right destination for you who are looking for tranquil holiday and nature lovers. One of the best nature tourism destinations is Mount Daik.

Amongst the Malay people, the below pantun has been certainly familiar with them.

Pulau Pandan jauh di tengah

Gunung Daik bercabang tiga

Hancur badan dikandung tanah

Budi baik dikenang juga

The above pantun says “Gunung Daik bercabang tiga” (Mount Daik branches off three). Taking a look from afar; the mount seems to have three peaks on it; that is why the local people call it Mount Daik “Branches off Three.” The highest peak is named Mount Daik, while the second one is Mount Pejantan, and the lowest peak is Mount Cindai Menangis.

Many assumptions spread over the people settling on the slope of the mount. They do believe that the mount is the residence of Bunian, a local language for ghost. However, those living on the coast are really sure that the mount is the residence of Datuk Kemuning and his wife. Above all, the surest assumption is that there is a sago factory that uses the name Gunung Daik as the brand of its product. “Sagu cap Ganung daik” is one of the factory‘s products that is famous for producing the best sago in Riau Islands Province.

B. Distinctive Features

Mystical atmosphere amidst the exotic scenery. Frightening but bewitching. That is perhaps the most appropriate description about the atmosphere of Mount Daik. When you reach the peak, thus you can feel the fresh air and tranquillity. Even more, you can watch the green scenery along the meandering road leading to the mount. This destination is the right place for taking photographs, hiking, and camping.

Two check posts, Gajeboh I and Gajeboh II, are located on the slope of the mount for snoozing. And, you may also take a rest in the riverbank located nearby Daik Waterfall. Many visitors usually take a repose in this place while leaning upon the green trees and enjoying the fresh atmosphere around the waterfall. Feel free to experience the sensation of being splashed by the water falling down from the crag above the waterfall.

Once you reach the peak of the mount, situated at an altitude of 1.165 meters, you can take a bird-eye-view at the exotic scenery of Lingga District. You can likewise watch the turquoise sea water surrounding Riau Islands Province from afar.

C. Location

Mount Daik lies in Lingga District, Riau Islands Province, Indonesia.

D. Access

From Tanjungpinang, the capital of Riau Islands Province, you can take ferry ship from Sri Bintan Pura Port to Mepar/dabo Port of Singkep Island. From Mepar Port, it takes approximately 10 minutes to reach Daik Port of Lingga Island by taking pompong traditional boat. Then, succeed your trip to Mount Daik by taking ojek (motorcycle taxi) provided by the “smiling” local people. Soon after you have arrived at the slope of the mount, you can start climbing the mount, but you are suggested to stop climbing in Kandang Babi, which is situated at an altitude of 1.000 meter. You are not allowed to reach the highest peak of the mount since the climbing track is mainly covered with stones, thus it will be dangerous for everyone trying to reach the peak.

E. Ticket Price

Free

F. Accommodations and other Facilities

It is highly recommended to confirm yourself to tour guiders at those check posts so that they can monitor your escapade tour in Mount Daik. Likewise, they will be ready at all times to accompany and guide you during the journey to the peak of the mount.

Stock yourself with enough foods and beverages before the visit to the mount because you will rarely find food stalls around the mount. But, you can find accommodation services in the heart of Lingga District.

Yusriandi Pagarah (wm/67/11-08)

Translated by Irfan Nugroho (wm/25/11-08)

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Credit Photo: www.wisatamelayu.com



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